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About Books and eBooks
We have a large collection of both physical books and eBooks available to staff and students. Each one of our libraries has a physical collection of books suitable for courses that are taught at their campus, however you are welcome to borrow books from any of our libraries. All of our books are arranged on bookshelves, grouped by topic area. These topics and sub-topics are numbered and the books are in number order. So, when you search for a book using our online library search, each book will have a classmark (a number) and this is where you will find the book on the shelf.
You can access our eBooks by searching for something via our library search. If you prefer to read in large print you can change this in the eBook settings, along with background colour and the read aloud feature.
Below you will find a gallery of new books and eBooks that we have recently added to our collection. You will also find key books and eBooks for your subject area - you may recognise some of these from your reading list!
An actor's work by
Jean Benedetti translates the work of Stanislavski, writing in an accessible way that enables students to understand what the psycho-physical technique of acting means. This volume contains both 'An Actor Prepares' and 'Building a Character'. 792.028 STA.
The actor speaks : voice and the performer by
Rodenburg takes the actor through an intensive voice and speech workshop advising on: breathing and relaxation; vocal range and power, communication with other actors and the audience; integrating movement, singing and speaking; deciphering and animating a text; adjusting voice to different size stages and auditoria; working in mediums beyond the stage and sustaining a performance 792.0285 ROD.
Performance: a critical introduction by
Guides the reader through the contested definition of performance as a theatrical activity, discussing the interpretation of performance by ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists, and cultural theorists. Covers the evolution of performance art since the 1960s; the relationship between performance, postmodernism, the politics of identity, and cultural studies; and theoretical developments in the study of performance. 792.01 CAR.
Performance studies : an Introduction by
Schechner's book covers a wide range of topics from within the performing arts arena. He asks what is performance studies, performance, performativity and the performance process? He also looks at ritual, play and global and intercultural performance. 792.01 SCH.
Talk about contemporary dance by
Introduction to contemporary dance. Includes history of dance key dates; from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, and provides context on how the art form has evolved over time. Profiles contemporary dancers and choreographers; Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Akram Khan, Trisha Brown and Pina Bausch. 792.8 NOI.
The Commedia Dell'Arte : An Actors Handbook by
Examines origins of Commedia dell'arte and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. Also provides a practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice. As well as offering a range of lazzior comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues.
Acting in Musical Theatre by
Covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and tips to help musical performers refine their craft. Advice offered on fundamentals of acting applied to musical theatre including script, score and character analysis, personalizing your performance, turning rehearsal into performance, acting styles in the musical theatre and practical steps to a career.
Musical Performance by
Covers the complexities of musical performance and focuses on key aspects of learning, playing and responding to music. Presentation of basic historical, analytical and psychological concepts of musical performance. Text on teaching, development, practice and memorisation, translation from score to sound, physical projection, ensemble playing and performance anxiety, listening, legacy of recordings, music criticism and 'performers on performance'.
The Routledge Guide to Broadway by
Introduction to the Broadway theater, focusing on key performers, writers, directors, plays, and musicals, the theaters themselves, key awards, and Broadway folklore. Offering a comprehensive look at the key figures and productions of the last two centuries.
Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment by
Explores the ways in which musical theatre reaches out to and involves its audiences. Discusses how pleasure is stimulated by vocal, musical and spectacular performances. Early discussions centre on the construction of the composed text, but then attention is given to performance and audience response.
Music Theory for Musical Theatre by
Demystifying music theory and analysis for the musical theatre student and aiming to equip students with basic skills directly applicable to the art form. Learn how musical composition theory helps illuminate characters and tell stories. Find out the rudiments of music theory, including melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. Includes analyses of musical theatre songs, presenting a model for singing actors to follow as an aid in performance. Also includes drills and exercises to facilitate skill development.
The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body by
Discusses concepts, ideas, trends and social and artistic aspects in music theatre. Texts include the relationship between language and music, song and speech, story telling and expression, theatrical movement and dance, high art and poplular culture, entertainment and instruction and also the impact of media and technology and the influence of jazz, pop and world beat on new theatre forms and styles today.
An Encyclopedic reference source about Broadway producers, writers, composers, lyricists, set designers, theaters, performers, shows, and landmarks. illustrated, cross-referenced, indexed, and with a full bibliography.
Dance Composition by
Dance in education. Dance composition - the discipline that translates ideas into dances. Practical guide to creative success in dance making. Aimed at improving students' choreography.
In LivenessPhilip Auslander addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today: What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media? By looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport and courtroom testimony, Livenessoffers penetrating insights into media culture. This provocative book tackles some of the enduring 'sacred truths' surrounding the high cultural status of the live event.